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Virgin Atlantic opens stylish new Clubhouse at JFK

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This week, Virgin Atlantic opened its newest Clubhouse lounge in JFK International Airport.

Flight-travel, for many, of us has come to mean one thing: waiting. Waiting in line at security, waiting for the flight to board, waiting during a lay-over. Virgin Atlantic, though not cutting out waiting time, has given some of its passengers flying through New York a more comfortable and stylish way to spend their in-between time.

On Monday, Virgin opened their new Clubhouse in John F. Kennedy airport. Essentially a high-end waiting-room for Virgin's first-class and Flying Club Gold members, Virgin's Clubhouses also serve drinks and food and a few even have spas.

Designed by James and Hayes Slade of Slade Architecture, the 10,000 square foot space features a long, curving bar, mod-seating (like the custom-built, oversized bright red ball sofa), and a maple wood and burgundy billiard table.

As a result of the new Clubhouse, JFK has joined the ranks of Heathrow and Gatwick in London to become America's first airport with a salon and spa, opened within the Virgin Clubhouse by Bumble and Bumble.

Following a few major terminal upgrades at JFK in the past few years, the Virgin Clubhouse adds to the airport's new-found shine.

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Beth Carter

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Beth Carter is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. She has worked for Catalyst magazine, the New York Times Syndicate, BBC Travel and Wired. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and New York University. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure